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Happy holidays and best wishes in the New Year!

Here’s what Peter was up to in Congress in November and December.

Over 11,000 Vermonters Participate in Peter’s Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Peter hosted a live, statewide Telephone Town Hall Meeting on the evening of November 29 to hear from Vermonters about their hopes, concerns and priorities as a new President and Congress take office in January. More than 11,000 Vermonters participated in at least a portion of the call and over 300 questions were asked. Peter also hosted a Facebook Q&A and a “Congress In Your Community” event in Burlington on the same topic.

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Peter listens to Vermonters during his “Congress in Your Community Event” at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.

Congress Passes Bill with Much-Needed Funding for States Battling the Opioid Epidemic

Earlier this month, Congress approved bipartisan legislation that will provide long overdue funding for states and communities battling the opioid epidemic that is devastating families in Vermont and across the country. The 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law on December 13, was developed by Peter and his colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It will provide $1 billion in grants to states, localities, and service organizations working on the front lines of the epidemic as well as boost funding for NIH and cancer research. Read more here.

Vermont Air National Guard Deploys

On November 22nd it was announced that the Vermont Air National Guard would deploy a few hundred troops to a location in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. “The brave men and women of the Vermont Air National Guard have my full support for a successful mission and a safe and speedy return home,” Peter said at the time. “This is a particularly tough time of year for Guard members to leave their families, jobs and communities. As we have in the past, I know that all Vermonters will join together to support those being deployed as well as the families they leave behind. The Vermont Air Guard truly represents the best of Vermont. I am humbled by their service and thankful for their sacrifice.” Read more about the Guard’s deployment here.

Help a Vermonter in Need This Holiday Season

Peter visited the Vermont Foodbank at the end of November to distribute Thanksgiving meals and spread the word out about how Vermonters can lend a hand to neighbors in need this holiday season. Check out the Vermont Foodbank’s website for information on how you can help.

Vermont Foodbank’s Barre warehouse was bustling ahead of Thanksgiving as Peter and volunteers packed up meals for distribution to Vermonters in need.

Peter’s Outdoor Recreation Legislation Signed into Law

Vermont’s outdoor recreation opportunities are world-renowned. People come to the Green Mountain State from all over to experience hiking, hunting, skiing, fishing, biking and a host of other outdoor activities. And our love of the outdoors is a big part of who we are as Vermonters. Outdoor recreation activities also create jobs and generate revenue for the state budget. President Obama recently signed into law Peter’s legislation that mandates a comprehensive federal study of the economic benefits of outdoor recreation to Vermont and the nation. The results of the study will help guide public policy decisions and hopefully lead to further growth in the outdoor recreation economy.